USESEN014 International Organizations

Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Winter 2014
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lukáš Vomlela, Ph.D.
Institute of Central European Studies – Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
International organizations play a key role in the effort of solving global problems nowadays, both regarding, among others, areas of international security, distribution of wealth and environment protection. The course is designed to present elementary aspects of international organizations with regard to their functions and scope of activity. In its first phase, the students will be introduced the theoretical concepts of study of international organizations and the historical development of international organizations. Next, the course will be focused on individual scopes of activity of international organization being attentive to United Nations, universal and versatile global institution. The attention will be paid to territory of central Europe as well as a subject and object of institutionalized international relations. The course will also comprise following the current events in world politics with regard to scope of activity of concrete international organizations. The seminars will be focused on deepening of the issue of international organizations themselves as well as on deepening of analytical abilities of students.
  • 1. Subject and character of the study, definition and classification of international organizations
    2. History of international organizations (from first organizations till League of Nations)
    3. History of international organizations (period after World War II)
    4.Study of international organizations in the frame of theory of international relations
    5. Function of international organizations
    6. United Nations
    7. Security international organizations
    8. International commercial and financial organizations
    9. International organizations and human rights
    10. Other scopes of activity of international organizations, environment, development help)
    11. Central Europe and international organizations
    12. Summary of the issue. Way towards global government?
    required literature
  • ZOUBEK, Vladimír. Lidská práva - globalizace - bezpečnost. Plzeň, Vydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk, 2008. info
  • WAISOVÁ, Šárka. Mezinárodní organizace a režimy. Plzeň, Vydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk, 2008. info
  • KARLAS, Jan. mezinárodních institucí: teoretická analýza. Praha, Karolinum, 2008. info
  • Fakta a čísla OSN. Praha, Informační centrum OSN v Praze, 2005. info
  • HASENCLEVER, Andreas a kol. Teorie mezinárodních režimů. Brno, Centrum strategických studií, 2005. info
  • CÍSAŘ, Ondřej. Transnacionální politické sítě. Brno, Mezinárodní politologický ústav MU, 2004. info
  • WAISOVÁ, Šárka. Mezinárodní organizace a režimy ve středovýchodní Evropě. Praha, Eurolex Bohemia, 2003. info
  • DRULÁK, Petr. Teorie mezinárodních vztahů. Praha, Portál, 2003. info
  • VYKOUKAL, Jiří. Visegrád: možnosti a meze středoevropské spolupráce. Praha, Dokořán, 2003. info
  • ARCHER, Clive. International Organizations. London, Routledge, 1992. info
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Teacher's information
The course is terminated by written test which is based on lectures, seminar reading and other compulsory literature. During the semester, the students prepare presentation on selected topic. Besides regular reading of given literature the active participation of students in seminar discussions is expected.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2012, Winter 2013.
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